During last week’s Dallas police officer memorial, President Obama again claimed it was easier to get a gun than a book.
OBAMA: We flood communities with so many guns that is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.
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Josh Earnest justified Obama’s remarks even after fact-checkers ruled it “mostly false.”
JOSH EARNEST: With all due respect to the fact-checkers, when the president delivered that line to a room full of about a thousand cops, there was not a lot of evident disagreement. I think there is genuine concern in the minds of law enforcement officials who work in many of these economically disadvantaged communities about how readily accessible illegal guns are, and frankly, how hard it is for kids in that community to get access to a quality education or get access to high-quality educational opportunities that would eventually allow them to escape that neighborhood. The point that the president was making is rather than mobilize an effective policy response to that situation, by increasing funding for schools or passing common-sense gun control legislation, too often – at least in this Republican Congress – those obvious solutions have been rejected, and as a result, we’ve just asked law enforcement to deal with the problem. So adding that burden to law enforcement is not fair.